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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Hill Country

by Timothy Howard, Digital Media Coordinator

Texas Tech University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program provides adults ages 50 and up an opportunity to take intellectually stimulating classes to support the habit of lifelong learning. OLLI is offered in Lubbock, Texas but thanks to the TTU regional teaching sites, the program is also offered in other communities in the state. The Texas Tech University at Fredericksburg and Texas Tech University at Highland Lakes regional teaching sites recently held their Spring semester OLLI kickoffs in Fredericksburg and Marble Falls, Texas respectively.

At both the Fredericksburg and Marble Falls OLLI kickoffs, guests were treated to red carpet themed events that included food, refreshments and opportunities to win prizes through raffle giveaways. As the nights progressed, presenters gave OLLI members and possible prospective members more information about the upcoming classes being offered this spring.

Shelby Crews, the Director of OLLI, reflected fondly upon the evenings and looks forward to the courses being offered.

"At the kickoffs, our members were given a sneak peek into the semester's course offerings, hearing from the instructors themselves about the classes. Both of the events were also great opportunities for members and instructors to get to know one another in a more social atmosphere," said Crews. "Every semester has an amazing line up of courses and this one is no exception. One of the most popular upcoming courses is the cooking class 'April in Paris' featuring instructor John DeMer from the new Fischer & Wieser Culinary Adventure Cooking School in Fredericksburg. The course will offer a delicious exploration of a four-course meal, including wine and everything else that makes this cuisine unforgettable. Ambassador Tibor Nagy is also coming back to give his national perspective in the 'State of the World – 2017' course."

Director of TTU at Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes Dr. Kelly Fox also shared her excitement about OLLI.

"Each semester, our curriculum gets better and better. We are excited that Dr. Kent Rylander will be teaching the birdwatching class again. At the Marble Falls kick off, people were also interested in the Art of Chocolate class. Whenever there is food or wine, the OLLI members sign up and the classes fill quickly. The classes are a lot of fun! It's amazing how quickly our membership has grown in the Hill Country program.  It's our best outreach endeavor."

Shelby Crews and Dr. Kelly Fox were also very thankful to the many that worked very hard to make the events possible.

"Special thanks to Trudy Hutton, chairwoman of the social committee in the Hill Country for her tireless work on both of the events," Crews said. "As always, we are so grateful to the director of TTU at Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes Dr. Kelly Fox and her team for the amazing support that they give OLLI in the Hill Country. We couldn't put on events like either of these without their support."

"I want to thank the OLLI board for its' tireless work in implementing and growing the program over the last three years," said Fox. "The OLLI program is only as successful as the involvement of the board and other volunteers. Equally important, I'd like to thank the staff of the Texas Tech Regional Teaching Sites in Fredericksburg and Marble Falls. They put in hours of work to ensure OLLI is successful."

Whether you are in Lubbock or in the Hill Country, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute invites you to come and be a part of the lifelong pursuit of learning.

OLLI Members

OLLI Members and new guests socialize.

Shelby Crews OLLI

Shelby Crews addresses the guests.

Marble Falls OLLI
Members of the Marble Falls OLLI Chapter.
Dr. Fox OLLI Marble Falls
Dr. Fox addresses the Marble Falls OLLI members.